Home Reviews Peripherals Is a 29” monitor too big? No way!

Acer’s new 29” LED/LCD/IPS monitor is a big beast yet at 70cm wide (including the super slim bezel) yet it takes up a lot less desk space than two 24” monitors (each 57cm wide). It displays three A4 pages side by side at actual size.

The resolution is 2560x1080 – take care, not all PCs or notebooks will drive this. It has inputs for Display Port, two x HDMI, and DVI – forget the old 15 pin VGA. It has a four port USB 3.0 hub and 3.5mm sound input as well. It has typical monitor speakers.

It also has a Display Port output so you can daisy chain two monitors as well.

The viewing aspect is 21:9 – not the traditional 16:9 so it is a wider screen without a height penalty.

The stand is an engineering feat and allows for swivelling, height adjustment, and pivoting e.g. a very tall portrait mode. The web site is here.

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29” monitors will replace 27” once they replace 24” and so on. How big can you go without being too big?

The answer is that provided your images/work fit well on a wider screen then screens can probably go a few inches more. It uses a 21:9 ratio because if it were to be a typical 16:9 ratio it would be more than 100mm taller – that is a lot of glass on a desk to take in.

LG, Asus, Dell, AOC, et al have 29” IPS versions and I would not be surprised if all panels come from the same foundry. For my money, the Acer is well made, well-specified, well supported, and a best buy.

BenQ have a 32”, 16:9, 2560 x 1440, A$799 monster that is finding a home in CAD/Drawing applications.

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This is a monitor more suited to business, library, and laboratory use yet I can see great scope in replacing twin monitors in the home study (as I have grown used to and cannot work without).

I can also see it used for signage and displays – its 100,000:1 contrast ratio, 21:9 ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle makes it ideal for these purposes.

Acer tends to sell via computer dealers at RRP A$699 but you can bag a bargain if you are prepared to shop around.

It’s an 9 out of 10 – in the right environment.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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